As for the regular troops of the Russian Federation, they are not in Donbas. This is recognised by absolutely everyone, including on an international level. Therefore, what Zelenskyy said [at a press conference about the participation of the Russian army in the conflict in Donbas] is the purest delusion and lie.
NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia, China, and other sources are spreading disinformation to destabilise NATO and the current world order. He claimed that Moscow’s aid to Italy has become a propaganda campaign. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov debunked this statement by pointing out that there is not a single example of disinformation from the Kremlin. While Moscow is helping Italy in difficult times, the EU and NATO do nothing but blame Russia for a “propaganda” attack against the West
The spread of disinformation from Russian state media and other pro-Kremlin sources during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond is a well-documented phenomenon with plenty of examples as identified by independent fact-checking organiations, including the DFR Lab, Polygraph, and Stop Fake. EUvsDisinfo has also highlighted multiple such examples.
In relation to Russia’s aid to Italy, journalists have collaborated with fact-checkers in order to debunk pro-Kremlin disinformation messages. For instance, the Guardian notes that “the fanfare around the deliveries may outweigh their actual use” and Politico warns that the aid delivery was accompanied with “propaganda and […] disinformation on state and social media.” Additionally, political observers have expressed doubt if Moscow and Beijing’s intentions when sending international aid are purely altruistic. The EU HR/VP also raised the same concerns by referring to "a geo-political component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the ‘politics of generosity’."
The claim that the EU and NATO remain inactive in their support for Member States during the pandemic is also false. Aside from bilateral assistance which forms a critical component of the international response to COVID-19, NATO provides allies with relief and operational support through a number of schemes including the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre. The European Union, on the other hand, has launched multiple programs to support member states and partners in their national responses to the coronavirus and economic recovery amounting to over 3 trillion EUR.